Saturday, October 29, 2011

George Will vs Pat Robertson

Yesterday I wrote about the great divide in Republican ranks over the presidential nomination. If I had asked you a few months ago to bet on where George Will and Pat Robertson would stand on that divide, I expect you would have lost some money.

As you know, earlier this week Pat Robertson accused the GOP base of being too extreme and made a plea for them to focus on electability. That's as close to an endorsement of Romney as you're likely to hear from him at this point.

You might have already seen that today George Will eviscerated Romney in his column and made a case in support of the base's extremism.

Romney, supposedly the Republican most electable next November, is a recidivist reviser of his principles who is not only becoming less electable; he might damage GOP chances of capturing the Senate. Republican successes down the ticket will depend on the energies of the Tea Party and other conservatives, who will be deflated by a nominee whose blurry profile in caution communicates only calculated trimming.

Eegads, my head is spinning with trying to figure out who are the "sane" folks in that party. Just to show you what I mean, here is another clip of Pat Robertson this week (h/t Infidel753) decrying the dangers of matriarchy.

So he wants to warn us about the scary women about to take over the country all while talking about the base being too extreme...really?

And then here's a shocker from George Will on the presidential election just 7 months ago.

Let us not mince words. There are at most five plausible Republican presidents on the horizon - Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, former Utah governor and departing ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, former Massachusetts governor Romney and former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty.

So the Republican winnowing process is far advanced. But the nominee may emerge much diminished by involvement in a process cluttered with careless, delusional, egomaniacal, spotlight-chasing candidates to whom the sensible American majority would never entrust a lemonade stand, much less nuclear weapons.

I guess that today Will is prepared to entrust nuclear weapons to those "careless, delusional, egomaniacal, spotlight-chasing candidates."

Can someone please point me to the "sane" folks here?

1 comment:

  1. I've been wondering if this Robertson and Will (and others) talk is a coordinated effort to help Romney.

    Reason being, Romnutz's only real chance will be to try to win some of the mushy middle voters that President Obama has done great with. Mittmo will never get a large chunk of the Repub voters just because of the Mormon thing. I think they could be trying a President Obama strategy, where the farther reaches of your "side" are never pleased and unreliable with their voting, so you can try a little to win some of them over, but overall the "independent" voters are much more important to win over.

    So, Will just separated Mittmo group the zany pack, thereby allowing Mittmo to point to that column and say to the mushy middle, "See, I'm reasonable!" And Robertson, the wackiest of them all, has helped set up Mittmo even with his own, absolutely insane audience, and may even pick off some of those voters. Through that lens, their statements make more sense. -bonkers